Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it for future generations.

About the Listening Project The British Library Sound Archive


We are asking people up and down the country to share their thoughts and feelings in a recorded conversation with a loved one or relative. What you talk about is up to you.


The nation in conversation

Iby and Carolyn - A Survivor's Secret

Iby and Carolyn - A Survivor's Secret

Station: BBC Radio 4

Fi Glover with a conversation about the lasting impact of facing living death in Auschwitz

Iby and Julia - Not Defined by the Holocaust

Iby and Julia - Not Defined by the Holocaust

Station: BBC Radio 4

A survivor of Auschwitz reflects with her granddaughter on its impact on them both.

Ali and Tammi - Our Grandmothers

Ali and Tammi - Our Grandmothers

Station: BBC Radio 4

Two friends share the stories of their grandmothers, who couldn't have been more different

Andrew and Stephen - Getting Married

Andrew and Stephen - Getting Married

Station: BBC Radio 4

A vicar and his partner plan their wedding in spite of the Church's ban on gay marriage.

Marriage and mistakes - Helen and Virginia

Marriage and mistakes - Helen and Virginia

Station: BBC Radio Devon

Helen and Virginia have both been married twice. What does marriage mean to them now?

Charlotte and Lyndie - Puppets and People

Charlotte and Lyndie - Puppets and People

Station: BBC London 94.9

The art of puppetry goes beyond the theatre, influencing the puppeteer on stage and off.

Paddy and Mick - Swimming and Philosophy

Paddy and Mick - Swimming and Philosophy

Station: BBC Radio Ulster

Two friends explore a love of wild swimming, mindfulness and meditation.

Moira and Stephanie – Seeing Hope

Moira and Stephanie – Seeing Hope

Station: BBC Radio Ulster

Moira's daughter Stephanie give her a reason to go on after an illness changed her life.

Sarah and Natalie – Blind Faith

Sarah and Natalie – Blind Faith

Station: BBC Radio Scotland

Natalie lost her sight as a result of a tumour. She remembers how prayers failed to help.